Your Story, Continued
You’ve made the transition to college before. We’re here to help you transition into the specific expectations, culture, and processes of UNL.
The NSE process has two distinct parts:
- Academic advising/course enrollment
Both parts are online, making them safe, convenient and easy to complete from home or elsewhere. NSE steps are sequential, and the sooner you complete them, the sooner you’ll be able to schedule your advising/enrollment appointment.
NSE processes open April 5, 2022 for Summer/Fall 2022 transfer admits who’ve paid the enrollment deposit. Check out all the NSE details below to see what you can expect.
Your first NSE step is to submit your orientation reservation. Your orientation reservation is your official way of indicating to us that you’d like to move forward with new-student processes. The orientation reservation opens April 5, 2022 for transfer students admitted for Summer/Fall 2022.
- Log in to MyRED, click the “Admissions” tab, “Undergraduate,” and then “Orientation Reservation.”
- Your $250 enrollment deposit (ED) must be paid before you can access NSE steps. You can pay the ED on the Admissions tab in MyRED. Please direct deposit-related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On the first page of the reservation, confirm your major. If the major displayed is not your desired major, please submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED Admissions tab. If you request a change of major, do not proceed with the orientation reservation until your request is processed.
- Your reservation will display a date for Online Orientation. That date is when the Online Orientation will open to you. You are not required to access the orientation on that
date specifically, but you should complete it within two weeks of that date. You will receive an email from NSE on that date with access instructions.
- You do not have to complete Online Orientation before continuing with NSE steps.
- Submit your orientation reservation. After submission, you can begin pre-advising tasks.
After you’ve submitted your orientation reservation, you can access pre-advising tasks. These must be completed before you’ll be able to schedule your academic advising appointment. During your advising appointment, you’ll enroll in first-semester classes with your advisor’s help.
Submit the Advising Inventory
The Advising Inventory is a series of questions about your academic experience, incoming credit, interests, goals and personal characteristics. Your advisor will review your inventory responses before your appointment. You can access the Advising Inventory in MyRED by clicking on the “Admissions” tab, then “Undergraduate” then “New Student Enrollment Advising Inventory.” If the major displayed is not your desired major, please submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED Admissions tab.
Take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)
The goal of the MPE is to identify a suitable math level where you can be successful. The MPE is required for all students, regardless of your previous math experience. Even so, if you have incoming credit for college-level Math coursework, your MPE results will not affect how that credit applies. You can take the exam online up to three times (once per 24 hours). Click here to access a practice exam. You will not be able to schedule an advising appointment if the MPE is not complete. You can access the exam on the Admissions tab in MyRED.
Note: Your MPE results must be received by the Math department and uploaded to your student file before you can schedule your appointment. This process may take 1-2 business days. If the advising reservation form displays an “ineligible” message, please be patient while your MPE results are processed.
Take the Modern Language Placement Exam (if applicable)
Complete the Modern Language Placement Exam if you plan to pursue a foreign language at the university or if your college or major is listed on this page. You can access the exam on the Admissions tab in MyRED.
Advising Appointment Sign-up
After you’ve completed pre-advising tasks, you can sign up for a one-hour virtual or in-person academic advising appointment. You cannot access the appointment scheduling system unless the pre-advising tasks are complete. Advising appointments begin April 25, 2022 for Summer/Fall 2022 transfer admits.
Your Online Orientation access date is unrelated to advising/enrollment. You do not have to complete orientation before being advised and enrolled. Similarly, you do not have to be advised/enrolled before orientation.
Follow these steps to make your appointment
- Log in to MyRED, click the “Admissions” tab, “Undergraduate,” and then “Academic Advising Appointment”
- Note: Your MPE results must be received by the Math department and uploaded to your student file before you can schedule your appointment. This process may take 1-2 business days. If the reservation form displays an “ineligible” message, please be patient while your MPE results are processed.
- On the first page of the reservation, confirm your major. If the major displayed is not your desired major, please submit the Change of Major form via the MyRED Admissions tab. If you request a change of major, do not proceed with the advising reservation until your request is processed.
- First, select in-person or virtual (Zoom) advising. Then, select a date and time for your academic advising appointment. All times are listed in Central U.S. time.
- By submitting a reservation, you are committing to the appointment. Please mark your calendar accordingly. Your advisor will prepare for the appointment in advance and will be expecting you on the day and time you select.
- Complete remaining fields on the reservation and submit. Within one business day after submitting your reservation, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details about preparing for your appointment. About 1–2 business days before your appointment, your college will email you to provide you with your advisor’s name and a Zoom link (for virtual advising) or office directions (for in-person advising).
Prepare for Advising
Once you’ve scheduled your one-hour advising appointment, keep the following information in mind:
- If you selected virtual advising, please be at home or at another private location, if possible, where you can focus on your appointment.
- Please use a computer, if possible, for the best screen-sharing experience.
- If you selected in-person advising, plan to arrive to campus at least 20 minutes before your appointment to ensure you have time to park, walk, and find your advising location.
- After scheduling your appointment, you’ll receive an email from NSE that contains appointment prep info specific to your college. For most students, that information will be contained in a video that you must watch before your appointment. Information within that video will serve as a starting point for your discussions with your advisor.
- About 1–2 business days before your appointment, your college will contact you to give you the name of your advisor and appointment access instructions (for virtual advising) or office directions (for in-person advising). You do not need to contact your advisor before the appointment.
Advising and Enrollment
Your appointment will last about one hour. You will receive the Zoom link (for virtual advising) or office directions (for in-person advising) directly from your college via email approximately 1–2 business days before your appointment.
During your appointment, you and your advisor will get to know each other, discuss degree requirements, review your incoming transfer credit, identify course options, build your course schedule, and enroll in first-semester classes.
To build your schedule and enroll, your advisor will help you use the Enrollment Scheduler in MyRED. Each course is a piece of the puzzle, and the Scheduler will arrange those pieces into various schedule options from which you can choose. Depending on your major, incoming transfer credit, course availability, personal scheduling considerations, and other factors, you may have lots of schedule options to choose from, or you may just have 1-2. Regardless, your advisor will ensure that your schedule includes whichever courses you need in your first semester.
On the date you were given when you made your orientation reservation (June 1 is the earliest date), you will gain access to the Online Orientation in Canvas, which is the university’s learning management system (think of it like an academic portal). You will receive an email on your access date with detailed instructions. The orientation content will support your transition and help you be successful at Nebraska. You do not have to complete Online Orientation before being advised and enrolled in courses.
The orientation is made up of four modules that will introduce you to resources, strategies, and departments related to academic success, life as a Husker, paying for college, and next steps. It is “asynchronous,” meaning it is not hosted live and is available on demand. You’ll navigate through the pages sequentially, and you’ll complete a short quiz to mark completion of the orientation. You have two weeks from your access date to complete all four modules (the whole orientation only takes about 90 minutes to complete, so two weeks is plenty!). You do not have to complete the orientation in one sitting; you can leave and re-enter the orientation as needed. After completion, the orientation will remain accessible to you throughout your first semester so that you can refer to it as needed.
To access Canvas, you’ll first need to configure your password. Follow the steps in this password configuration tutorial to get your Canvas set up. Then, on and after your access date, you’ll be able to log in and find the NSE course in your Canvas dashboard. You’ll also receive a direct link to the course via email once it’s accessible to you.
NSE will host an optional In-Person Orientation for transfers on July 29 and August 5 (choose one). The In-Person Orientation is a supplement to, not a replacement for, the Online Orientation. All transfers are required to complete the Online Orientation, regardless of attending In-Person Orientation.
The reservation processes for Online Orientation and In-Person Orientation are separate. You must submit an Online Orientation reservation via MyRED, and you should do so as soon as possible starting April 5. After submitting your Online Orientation reservation, you’ll gain access to pre-advising steps like the Advising Inventory and the Math Placement Exam, which must be completed before you can schedule your academic advising appointment.
The In-Person Orientation reservation will be an online form, which you’ll receive via email. The reservation form will open July 4. Because it is optional, your In-Person Orientation reservation is not tied to academic advising or course enrollment. Academic advisors will not be available during the orientation day for enrollment-related questions.
In-Person Orientation is a great option for students who’d like to spend time on campus, meet other students, and ask questions to university staff members. In-Person Orientation includes brief informational sessions about: academic success and support; opportunities, requirements and expectations specific to your admit college; and financial aid/paying for college. Additionally, attendees will spend time in small groups having lunch together and visiting key locations on campus. At the beginning of the day, several campus departments will host booths where students can ask questions or get more information.
Students can bring parents or guests to In-Person Orientation for a fee of $15 per guest; guests can be registered for orientation via the student’s In-Person Orientation reservation. At orientation check-in, the guest fee(s) will be charged to the student’s first consolidated student bill, which will be due in September. The guest fee cannot be paid by cash, check, or other methods. Please note that students and their guests will spend a portion of the day apart, including lunch.
Receive your nametag and welcome bag; interact with representatives from campus departments at info booths.
Get an overview of the day’s schedule and meet the orientation leaders.
Learn about opportunities, expectations, advising structures, and requirements for your admit college.
Academic Success and Support
Hear from the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST) about the habits of a successful student and the resources available to foster academic success.
Have lunch with students from your Life of a Husker group.
"Life of a Husker" parent/guest edition (small groups)
Visit some key campus locations and learn about the student experience through the lens of an orientation leader.
"Life of a Husker" student edition (small groups)
Visit some key campus locations and learn about the student experience through the lens of an orientation leader.
Have lunch with other parents and guests. Ask questions to university staff members and an orientation leader via an informal panel.
Paying for College
Hear from Husker Hub about processes and support related to financial aid, bill payment, and more.
After you’ve completed both parts of the NSE process (orientation and advising/enrollment), you’re ready for your final preparations as a new Husker. Refer to the “Next Steps” module in the Online Orientation for a full overview of to-do items. Some steps are highlighted below.
The NCard will be your campus ID card. You are required to submit an NCard application and upload a photo. You will need a government-issued ID (typically a driver’s license) to pick up your card on campus in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R Street. After you submit your application, you’ll get an email from the NCard office with pickup instructions. If you’re not in Lincoln, you can pick up your card when you arrive on campus.
New Student Health Requirement
All new students are required to provide immunization records. Learn more about the New Student Health Requirement here.
Students who are 18 should have their parent or guardian complete and notarize the Power of Attorney Form to expedite care at the University Health Center. Please bring the completed form with you when you arrive on campus. Students who are 17 should wait until their 18th birthday to have their parent or guardian complete and notarize the Power of Attorney Form. Students who are 19 or older do not need to submit the Power of Attorney form.
Register for Two-Factor Authentication to access your university accounts. After you're enrolled in courses, the next time you log in to MyRed, Canvas, or Huskers email, you'll be prompted to protect your accounts. Find a step-by-step guide at go.unl.edu/duoguide.
After you’re enrolled in classes, log in to your Huskers email at mymail.unl.edu. You’ll use your MyUNL account ID plus @huskers.unl.edu to log in (example: email@example.com). To find your MyUNL ID, follow these instructions.
Look through the comprehensive UNL parking guide, and access the portal to order your permit after you’re enrolled in courses.
Familiarize yourself with all of the academic support provided by the Center for Academic Success and Transitions (CAST). CAST staff help students with time management, note-taking, free tutoring, study strategies and more. Find a list of subject-specific academic resource centers around campus here.
After you’re enrolled in courses, access Handshake, the UNL jobs platform, to start looking for on-campus work opportunities, internships and events.
"U Got This!" training
In the summer, you’ll get access to the university’s required training about university policies, resources, and reporting options related to sexual misconduct. You must complete the training before classes begin.